PETALING JAYA: A 70-year-old man’s dying wish is to cut off all ties with his son because of his son’s debts to loan sharks.
Chia, who has been suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for the last six years, cannot breathe without a breathing apparatus.
However, even with his breathing difficulties, he has expressed his desire to disown his second son who has repeatedly borrowed money from loan sharks. The son, 35, had gotten into debt when he started getting involved in illegal online gambling.
His hobby had led to him to borrow money from 30 different loan sharks, with the debt amounting to RM150,000 in January 2019.
Chia said he and his other children took out their savings and borrowed money to help his second son, who works as a construction supervisor, settle his loans.
The money was originally intended for Chia’s medical fees and other expenses.
Despite this, the son again borrowed money in April from 25 other loan sharks, running up debts of about RM100,000.
Unable to pay, the son disappeared in May, leaving his family members including his wife and one-year-old son to face the loan sharks. The loan sharks came looking for Chia, sealing the gates of his house with glue and tape, which obstructed him when he needed to be rushed to the hospital.
However, the last straw for Chia was when he saw family details and the birth certificate of his grandson being circulated by the loan sharks on social media.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said a police report was lodged on May 25 on the matter.